Because some of life's mysteries simply need to be addressed and answered, college football players either from or attending school in the state of Texas will take on a roster comprised of guys from the other 49 states in the Texas versus The Nation game on Saturday afternoon. And, at least for the year 2013, we will finally know if in fact Texas is the nation's true football powerhouse.
Beginning in 2007, the Texas versus The Nation game is another chance, albeit in its very unique format, for college football seniors to boost their stock in preparation for the 2013 NFL Draft. Players from all across Divisions I, II and III are invited to play, as its wide net provides sometimes lesser-known prospects a stage and opportunity to shine. This will also be the contest's triumphant return to its original format, which hasn't been seen since 2010. After that year's game, the NFL Players Association became a major sponsor of the event, changing the dividing lines for teams from Texas-Everyone Else to American-National in the process. In the four games that have been played under the original format, Texas and the Nation have split, each winning two games apiece.
Saturday's game, which kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET in Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas, will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest, and features a long watch list of players who professional scouts across the country will likely be keeping their eyes on.
One of those players is Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Seth Doege. In 2012, Doege threw for 4,205 yards -- completing 70.2 percent of his passes -- along with 39 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. During a two-game stretch in mid-October, Doege went on a touchdown-tossing binge, throwing for six scores and one interception (with 499 yards passing) in a 49-14 win over West Virginia, and 318 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions in a 56-53 triple overtime win over TCU.
For the Nation team, Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Matthew McGloin is the headlining signal-caller. In what began as a tumultuous season at Penn State, McGloin threw for 3,271 yards -- completing 60.5 percent of his passes -- in leading the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 overall record. He also tossed 24 touchdowns to only five interceptions.
The Nation's All-Star backfield includes George Winn of the Cincinnati Bearcats, who piled up 1,334 yards on the ground and 13 touchdowns. Winn had six games in 2012 in which he rushed for over 100 yards.
For Texas, D.J. Harper of the Boise State Broncos, a native of Cypress, Texas, leads the running back unit. In 2012, Harper gained 1,137 yards on the ground and scored 15 touchdowns. He also caught 23 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown for the Broncos, also rushing for over 100 yards in six contests this season.
The complete roster for team Texas (which includes only two Texas Longhorns) can be seen right here, and The Nation's full roster here. For more information about Texas versus The Nation, visit the game's web site here.